Richard W. Burkhardt, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President
Rick Burkhardt is responsible for planning, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of Summit. This includes direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, facilities and IT management, risk management and tax. Mr. Burkhardt also supervises Summit’s complex tax and accounting work on behalf of several of its clients as part of the Company's asset management work.
Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Burkhardt held the position Director, domestic income tax for Starbucks and was responsible for the domestic income tax function including tax planning, tax accounting for the worldwide operations and federal, state and local income tax compliance. Mr. Burkhardt also worked extensively with Starbuck’s merger and acquisition team. Mr. Burkhardt received his BA in Business Administration from University of Washington and his Master of Taxation from University of Denver. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington and a member of the Washington State Society of CPAs.
Karl E. Mattes
Senior Vice President, Project Development & Engineering
Mr. Mattes oversees all aspects of project development and implementation at Summit, with specific focus on gas turbine, gasification and carbon capture projects. Mr. Mattes has more than 25 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines. Most recently, Mr. Mattes was the Combustion Turbine Business Segment Manager for a major integrated service provider.
Prior to this position, Mr. Mattes was employed as the Project Director for numerous turnkey combined cycle projects including in California, New York, Virginia and other locations in the US. In these positions, Mr. Mattes was in charge of design, procurement, equipment manufacturing, construction, and commissioning. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kelly F. Goodman, JD
Vice President, Commercial Transactions
& Special Legal Counsel
Kelly Goodman most recently served as the General Counsel and Secretary for Summit, managing all legal matters for the Company and handling various commercial relationships across Summit’s project disciplines. Her experience includes transactions related to financing and asset sales, product off-take, property, and other commercial matters within both the public and private sector. Ms. Goodman also handles issues related to low carbon energy and related assets for Summit’s projects, which included transactional experience outside the U.S.
Prior to joining Summit, Ms. Goodman practiced law at an international law firm. In addition to her work in the oil and energy sector, in private practice, her work included advising public companies and corporate boards regarding securities and corporate litigation and investigatory matters. Ms. Goodman holds a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law (with high honors) and a BA from Santa Clara University (phi beta kappa).
Previously, Mr. Meyer served as Executive Director of the Port of St. Helens where he was responsible for oversight of all development and operations, including the development of one of the largest energy industrial parks on the West Coast. He also served as the Development Manager for the Port of Portland where he held multiple leadership roles and was primarily responsible for land development and asset management. Mr. Meyer received his BS in Business Administration from Portland State University and is a retired captain from the United States Navy.